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Colonial Motel Location: Blenheim, New Zealand

Our motel is situated on SH 1 at 66 Main St, Blenheim, on the right heading south to Kaikoura, a 2-minute drive to the town centre and railway station, 10 minutes to the airport and 25 minutes to the Interislander Ferry Terminal at Picton.

Things to do in Blenheim – Activities

Why not use the Colonial Motel as your base to explore the Marlborough region, which offers:

Artists of Marlborough

Artists of Marlborough is a group of painters, sculptors, potters, ceramic and glass artists, many award-winning and nationally known, who welcome visitors to their open studio or gallery. Visiting the artists' studios is a great way to explore this distinctive region, visit artists in their own place and see how they express themselves and their environment through their art.

www.artistsmarlborough.co.nz
Artists of Marlborough

Makana Confections

Hand-made chocolates and other natural temptations that are perfect for special occasions, or a wonderfully special self-indulgent treat. Fresh cream truffles, chocolate-drenched macadamias, wickedly sinful toffee, chocolate, caramel and nuts.

www.makana.co.nz
Makana Confectionary

Marlborough Museum

Marlborough Museum is in Brayshaw Heritage Park, surrounded by all things heritage! The Museum is known for its Wine Exhibition, Te Pokohiwi 1250 A.D. (Wairau Boulder Bank archaeology exhibiton), including the famous Jim Eyles Collection. Marlborough history (Captain James Cook, whaling, goldmining and natural history), Victorian Rooms and the remarkable pottery collections of Elizabeth Lissaman, and Fran Maguire are also highlights!

www.marlboroughmuseum.org.nz
Marlborough Museum

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is a world-class museum showcasing WW1 and WW2 aircraft and artefacts, with captivating and immersive dioramas built by Weta Workshop and Wingnut Wings. Sir Peter Jackson's rare memorabilia is on display, including personal items belonging to the Red Baron himself.

www.omaka.org.nz
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours

Our New Zealand nature & heritage tours get you close to nature by kayak, boat cruise, guided walk or vehicle. Our guides share their knowledge of the history, geology and ecology of the places you will visit.

www.driftwoodecotours.co.nz
Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours

Molesworth Tour Company

Molesworth Tours offer a range of escorted cycle tours of the South Island of New Zealand, Alps 2 Ocean cycle tours, scenic tours of Marlborough, Marlborough wine tours, Otago Central Rail cycle tours, Tasman's Great Taste cycle trail, the West Coast Wilderness cycle trail and more.

www.molesworthtours.co.nz
Molesworth Tour Company

Eco World Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

EcoWorld Picton Aquarium is home to many different fish species from the Marlborough Sounds, as well as Little Blue penguins, mystical seahorse, ancient tuatara, giant weta, lizards, turtles and kakariki.

www.ecoworldnz.co.nz
Eco World Aquarium

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with an indulgent half-day Greenshell Mussel Cruise. Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard the luxury launch MV Spirit on this half-day exclusive tour, departing Havelock. Learn about local history, visit a mussel farm and take in the stunning scenery.

www.greenshellmusselcruise.co.nz
Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

Award-winning Queen Charlotte Track and Marlborough Sounds adventure tour specialists. Featuring guided and freedom walks, sea kayaking and mountain biking trips.

www.marlboroughsounds.co.nz
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

Wilderness Guides Marlborough Sounds

Your guides to the Queen Charlotte Track and Marlborough Sounds. Walking, kayaking and mountain biking specialists.

www.wildernessguidesnz.com
Wilderness Guides Marlborough Sounds

Gramado's Restaurant

Gramado's Restaurant and Bar brings to you a great experience of dinning out, mixtures of flavours from all around world with a distinguishing Brazilian signature.

www.gramadosrestaurant.com
Gramado's Restaurant

Saveur

Saveur sits on the banks of the Taylor River in Blenheim, right in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. Open seven days a week from 7.30am for brunch and dinner. Le Delice, our on-site pâtisserie, is stocked daily by our in-house pastry chef with a range of sweets, cakes, muffins and French pastries, available to enjoy in the café or paired with a takeaway coffee for those on the run.

www.saveur.co.nz
Saveur

Marlborough Farmers' Market

Enjoy the taste of the freshest seasonal fruit, vegetables and produce that Marlborough has to offer. Our farmers' market is full of locally grown and sourced food, sold by the producer. Know that the meat, eggs and cheese you purchase comes from animals that have been treated humanely. Every Sunday between 9am-12pm at the A&P Showgrounds.

www.marlboroughfarmersmarket.org.nz
Marlborough Farmers' Market

Bike 2 Wine

Wine tours on a bike! From our centralised location you will find over 20 cellar doors for your tasting experience within a 5km radius of our base in Wilson Street, Renwick.

www.bike2wine.co.nz
Bike 2 Wine

Bubbly Grape Wine Tours

Join our small respected Bubbly Team with hosts as "Effervescent as Champagne" for a fun Marlborough wine tour around the local wineries, tasting their delicious, internationally recognised wines. We look forward to DRIVING YOU TO DRINK!!

www.bubblygrape.co.nz
Bubbly Grape Wine Tours

Highlight Wine Tours

You and up to 10 other like-minded individuals will tour Marlborough's famous wine region in one of our 11-seater, air-conditioned coach buses – sampling the region's finest wines. We offer different start times with door-to-door pick-ups from your accommodation in Blenheim, Picton and Havelock.

www.highlightwinetours.co.nz
Highlight Wine Tours

Rock Ferry Cellar Door & Café

Wines of New Zealand made with fruit from our organic vineyards in Marlborough and Central Otago. Visit our cellar door and restaurant in Marlborough.

www.rockferry.co.nz
Rock Ferry Cellar Door & Cafe

Wine Tours by Bike

Time to explore and discover, taste and indulge all whilst biking your way around Marlborough's wineries and Renwick's boutique cellar doors. Starting from our base in Renwick (12km from Blenheim), you are going to find yourselves right at the heart of Marlborough wine country with at least 14 boutique cellar doors, many located beautifully close to us, easily reached via flat roads and along safe bike-paths. Your first tasting could be within 2 minutes of getting on your bicycle.

www.winetoursbybike.co.nz
Wine Tours by Bike